Plot: Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) have been friends since grade school, but just friends, with no sex or romance in their relationship, despite being roommates for years. In addition to a lack of sex, the friends also have a shortage of income and are constantly behind on bills, always on the brink of one service or another being shut off or suspended. The two don’t have much pride in how their lives have turned out, but a high school reunion proves to be the spark they needed, as Zack talks to a former classmate who has made a fortune in adult films. So Zack pitches making a porno, with he and Miri as the leads and various friends and recruits as the rest of the cast & crew, to shoot a low rent skin flick. But will this wild plan work or will some unexpected issues arise, beyond the stained furniture?

Entertainment Value: Kevin Smith assembled an impressive cast and broke out some of his raunchiest material for this comedy, but the movie winds up as predictable and more mediocre than risque. I love the premise here, as some friends join up to make a porno and get out of debt, but Smith seems to think a ton of f bombs can compensate for a lackluster script, which isn’t the case. This kind of concept needs some edge, but some profane rants and light sleaze aren’t enough, especially with all the potential for wild and awkward situations here. That said, some of the humor works and the cast is good enough to elevate some of the lesser moments, so while not one of those hilarious, laugh riot type movies, Zack and Miri is fun at times. Seth Rogen is fine in the same persona as always, while Elizabeth Banks one ups his performance at every turn and despite the tension in the script, chemistry between the two is minimal. Traci Lords, Tom Savini, and Craig Robinson have fun supporting roles, but Justin Long steals the show in a small, but ridiculously hilarious part. I wish this was as outlandish and wild as it could have been, but in the end, Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a middle of the road comedy that leaves a lot of potential on the table.

For a movie based on shooting a porno, this one doesn’t have that much sleaze, but we do have several topless scenes, bare asses, and a couple full frontal glimpses, as well as full frontal male nudity and of course, a pair of low hanging testicles. Sounds like a lot, but the movie is more bark than bite when it comes to sex, with more dirty jokes than real nakedness. No blood. There’s no real violence here, though one scene does involve some explosive defecation right after anal sex, so there’s that. The dialogue is solid, just not as sharp and biting as you’d expect from Smith, with a lot of fizzled jokes and reliance on profanity over verbal banter. But there’s some fun lines in here, so the movie earns a few points in this area. I love Craig Robinson’s character and performance, as he is the source of some of the funniest moments and his banter with Gerry Bednob is brief, but quite humorous. As for craziness, a little wackiness happens from time to time, but this is a straight forward, sentimental, and predictable comedy, not an edgy, risque, or over the line style production.

Nudity: 5/10

Blood: 0/10

Dialogue: 5/10

Overall Insanity: 2/10

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